Sunday, January 12, 2014

I feel fantastic and I'm still alive~

Woah. Where has the time gone! We got back from our trip home 2 days ago and we're just trying to settle back in. I brought my desktop computer which was in storage at home back to Japan with me, so I spent most of yesterday installing updates and whatnot. THAT was fun...

I have lots to tell from even before the trip, but right now I have laundry and cleaning to do, so I'll just promise to make an update in the next few days. 

In the meantime, here, have some Timbits.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

It was terrifying as always~

So, I found a really weird thing this week. I stopped by a vending machine on the way home to grab a coffee and I spotted it. HOT Ginger ale. Canada Dry ginger ale, even. I wasn't brave enough to try it, though~
Ai-sensei brought in tea for all of us to try at work this week. It was a chamomile and orange peel blend. It was really nice~ Sadly, it did make me kinda sleepy which was bad, because I still had 2 classes to teach. Hahaha. I'm re-reading the Hunger Games trilogy on my kobo. The movies won't come out in Japan, but I'm hoping to go see Catching Fire when I go home. The Capitol.PN website was issuing free ID cards again for the movie, so I got the updated card. Being from District 1 is pretty sweet~ Did I ever mention that I'm apparently a goldsmith? Awesome.
On Monday, I ended up meeting David after work. I popped into Starbucks to wait for him and decided to give the red cocoa cake a try. It wasn't bad, but I was kinda disappointed. I was hoping it'd be like a red velvet cake, but alas, it wasn't so. My hazelnut cocoa was nice, though.
On Tuesday, one of my students brought us in cookies! We're talking with my grade 3 students about jobs and what they want to be when they grow up. She wasn't sure what she wanted, but she mentioned that she likes baking the week before. So, Midori and I had joked that she should bring in cookies for the class. And this week she totally did! She brought in lightly sweetened shortbread cookies for us! It was so sweet~ They were very nice, too!
And on Wednesday, two of my kinder girls were drawing pictures on the blackboard. One girl drew a picture of Princess Peach on the right and the other drew pictures of herself and her pet on the left. I thought they were cute~
On Friday, David and I both had half days. We're both working on our anniversary and we also both had weekend plans, so we decided to go out on a date. I wanted to try the Afternoon Tea tearoom, so David took me out for lunch! I ended up with the smoked chicken, potato and broccoli pasta with Afternoon Tea blend tea and David (who ate lunch while he was waiting or me to get out of work) ended up with a cute tea set. It was sooo good~ I probably won't get the same tea next time. It was rather weak, but the food was amazing!
After lunch, we walked around for a bit. We popped into the Pokemon Center and David bought me a cute little Vulpix bag charm. Vulpix is still my favourite Pokemon, but you almost never see things with it in the store, so I always get excited when I do.
And then, we wandered back home for the evening. It was a nice little date~ <3

And yesterday, I went out with Mika and Kazue to Bennyland! Sadly, there was a disinct lack of Benedict Cumberbatches, but it was still fun! It's a locally owned amusement park here in Sendai. It has kinda a shaggy, run down, haunted vibe going for it, but it's safe.
We started by doing the cute Jet Coaster, which was a kids train type thing. It was so bumpy! Hahaha. It was kinda hilarious. A little disconcerting, but still fun.
After that, we wandered over to the not-so-monorail type ride. We each got to pick a car thing and drive around the park on a track. Or rather, we hit the gas or brakes and the car moved along the track. No steering wheel. It was kinda cute and gave a really nice view of the park. I guess in the spring, when the sakura are out, it's quite pretty.
We all did the Pirat ship ride. Yes, Pirat. No 'e'. It was terrifying as always~ The free fall and momentum and whatnot was scary like always. But, still fun. We screamed our heads off, though. The people behind us kept laughing at us.
Now, there were 2 big coasters. The Cyclone, which was a normal coaster and the Corkscrew. Kazue flat out refused to do either, but I wanted to do the non-upsidedown one. So, Mika took one for the team and went on it with me. The attendant came over and advised us to remove our glasses, so we got to go on it blind. What a great idea~! ...Not. We sat in the middle and again, we screamed our heads off. Hahaha. I was gonna take a photo from the top, but I was took scared. As soon as we were buckled in, Mika and I started to get scared. I made a joke about getting out, and then the car began to move. Hahahaha. It wasn't overly big, but everything is bigger when you're partially blind. It was only like 45seconds long, but it was fun. We were shaking like leaves afterwards and laughing at ourselves.
We didn't stay all day~ It's kinda like those carnivals that come through at home where you buy tickets and go on rides that way. It's easy to spend a lot of money there, but we didn't wanna spend loads of money, so we planned what to do before buying our tickets. Kazue wanted to do one more thing before we left, which was the space car up and down-y ride things. It was fun~
After Bennyland, we ended up going to the Hub British Pub for dinner. They're brand new to Sendai and it we wanted to check them out. I ended up with bite sized fish and chips and a Bailey's ice cream drink. All drinks were 1/2 off because of their grand opening, which was pretty cool. Less than 1,000yen for dinner. Awesome.
Which brings us to today which was a bit of a lazy day for me. I did some laundry and I'm just kinda chilling and watching Christmas specials on youtube. Hahaha. Hopefully this week will be more interesting~

Friday, November 22, 2013

I think it's more that it actually tasted like how pizza should.

Last weekend I went out with a couple friends for a private Angelic Pretty themed tea party. We all agreed that we'd wear AP dresses and we ended up going to a really sweet British styled tearoom near the arcade. We met at the station and set off together. Just outside the station, there was a special Christmas tree setup by SPAL (shopping mall attached to the station). You go in, touch your hand to the screen and it takes a photo and adds a random deco to it. Yukari was the lucky one this time! We thought it was cute~
We also saw the cute tree outside of Parco and wanted a photo. It's covered in cute decorations of food. Donuts, turkeys and lot of other things. Hahaha. Cute~
We walked off to Hampstead and ordered lunch. I ended up with Twinning's Jubilee Blend tea and the Baby Afternoon Tea set. It was so tasty! The sammiches has grated carrot, cheese and salami in them. The scone was nice and the muffins were apple compote muffins. Kazue got the same as me, but she got the lavender muffins. They were quite nice, too. We shared. :)
After a little while, we met up with Kazue's friend, Hime, who has a massive crush on Jake now. Hahaha. We wandered off to Forus to window shop and meet a friend of Yukari's. We ended up as a group of about 10 girls at one point. But then, it was getting late and lunch was a long time ago. Kazue doesn't much like big groups and I wasn't feeling very social, so we made our excuses and wandered off by ourselves to grab dinner. We ended up at Saizeriya. I got the broccoli and salmon pasta. It was so freaking good. Yum yum~
After dinner, I headed home. It was a fun day! We're hoping to do it again soon. Although, I mentioned to Kazue that I'd love to go skating this winter, so she suggested we do that in the new year. Skating in our frills. Oh boy~ At least there will be lots of padding if we fall over!

This week was kinda a blur. It was open class week, so it was insanely busy and quite stressful. All the parents came into class to watch their kids, which resulted in waaaay more temper tantrums than usual and from kids you'd least suspect it from, too. It was really strange. I'm glad this week is over. I've got no plans for the weekend, so I might just stay home and chillax.

I met up with David in Sendai today, since we both had halfdays. I was a bit preoccupied this morning, so I didn't bring lunch to work today. We ended up going for pizza after we found each other. It was amazing. So freaking good. I think it's more that it actually tasted like how pizza should. You don't get that a lot in Japan, it would seem.
I also wanted to pop to the Disney Store before we went back home, so off we went. There's so many trees and light and whatnots out now. I was pretty excited, can't lie. The Disney display was pretty cute, too. I ended up picking up a winter UniBearsity charm for my phone and we bought a new ornament for our tree.
 
On the train home, I saw a cute advert for people to remember their manners on public transportation. I love these.
I also have discovered that I loooooove Lush products. I bought a few bathbombs a few weeks ago, just because. And I looove them. I'm currently in love with the Shoot for the Stars one. It turns the water all dark purple-y blue and have thousands of little sparkles in it. It literally looks like you're taking a bath made out of stars and space. True story. It's gorgeous. So, I bought another one last night as well as the cute Snow Fairy shower gel. It smells kinda like candy bananas. That's how David describes it, so we'll go with that. It's fabulous.
Oh, one more thing. On Wednesdays we have our Mommy and Me type class. It's for younger than 2year olds and their mums. It's my favourite class. The mums are really nice and the little ones are freaking adorable. This week in class, Chiga decided that we would make a turkey themed art project. Wanna know what we made?
Yep~ Turkey leg headbands. It was so freaking cute.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

WE BOUGHT OUR TICKETS!

I have stuff to chat about in my next post, but I just wanted to take this time to make a quick announcement.

WE BOUGHT OUR TICKETS!

We'll be home from the 23rd of December til the 7th of January! Sooo excited to be coming home!
I can't even believe that it's actually happening~! It's very surreal right now, but still, we're coming home~!!!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

But, I wish they had peppermint syrup in Japan!

So, the tree went up on November 2nd. Yep. We're awesome. But, being the family Christmas Geek, it is only fitting, don'tcha think? Anywho, we've gone with a Disney themed for our tree this year. we even hung some of our Sega World prizes up as ornaments. :)
It's so cute~~~

A few days ago the sunset was so freaking pretty. Lots of vibrant colours and I was just so entranced that I wanted a picture. BUT, my camera was at home. Hence, the crappy iPod photo. Sorry. Still looks lovely, though!
So, the new Arashi album 'LOVE' came out a week or two ago. Ai-sensei bought it for herself and she surprised me with a copy for me! I was so touched~ We're both pretty big Arashi geeks, so we talked about the album a lot these past few weeks. It's actually, not a bad album. I think I prefer Beautiful world more, but it's still pretty good.
On Wednesdays we have our Mommy and Me class~ One of the mum's was away a couple weeks ago and it turns out her family went to Guam! I was saying good morning to her little one, and she handed me a pack of chocolate covered macadamia nuts! Sweet~ They were pretty tasty! It was a nice little treat!
On Saturday, I went to pick David up from work. He was just working in Natori, but I had stayed home that day and wanted to go out for a bit. Now, on the weekends I tend to put a little more effort into my appearance. Since I wear jeans and a t-shirt all week at work, I like to wear skirts and pretty things in my off time. And even though we only went out to McD's for dinner, I still wanted to look nice... Except my hair wasn't co-operating! T___T I've taken to french braiding it and pinning it in either a side bun or wrapping it at the base of my skull. But, for the life of me, I couldn't get it to braid nicely. So, I just stuck it up in a bun. I wish I had've been able to do something nice with it. T~T
And then on Sunday, I went out for a lolita date with the girls. Kazue's birthday was a really bad time for us to have a party this year: She started her new job that day, I was working and Mika and Melissa both had work obligations, too. So, we never properly celebrated. However, we planned a little surprise date yesterday which was fun! Mika, Melissa and I ended up meeting up on the train. We had decided to go into Sendai early, because of the high winds. We didn't wanna risk being late. So, we popped into Loft while we were waiting to buy a card. And it was there that I stumbled upon the most amazing card ever. For those in the audience who knows what Red Pants means, you will understand my glee at seeing this card.

Hahaha. After we found a (different) card, we ended up at Starbucks, since we still had time. I ended up with a caramel white mocha, which wasn't bad. But, I wish they had peppermint syrup in Japan! I just totally wanted a peppermint mocha! Oh well~
We met up with Kazue and went off for lunch. Kazue had requested we go for Thai, so that's what we did. I have never really tried Thai before, but I was told to get the Green Curry. It was cheap and came with a salad and soup. Sadly, however, I wasn't a fan... The salad was obviously fine, but the soup tasty like soy sauce and I just wasn't a fan of the curry. But, no big deal. Melissa and Kazue took one for the team and ate mine for me. And Melissa paid for me, which was nice.
Kazue opened her gifts while we were there, too. She loved the card we got her and she got an Angry Birds hat and a Bratz doll. She was sooo happy~ It was cute how excited she got over the hatr. She really likes Angry Birds.
After lunch, we ended up going shopping. I was in the market for a new winter coat and the girls wanted to shop around. I ended up with 2 new coats! Both were 1500yen and one is for when I wear lolita or fancy dresses and the other is for everyday. It's a pretty cool coat, if I do say so myself. I'll have to take a photo of it later. But, I really like it. We also checked out Glass Forest and Hikari, the owner, was kind enough to take a group photo for us. And then I asked Melissa to take a quick outfit shot of just me.
At this point, we decided that going for tea would be a good idea, so we popped over to that fancy cake/tarte shop I keep posting pictures of. I ended up with Tiramisu tarte and earl grey tea. It was freaking delicious~~~ Tasted a lot like Bailey's though! Not that that's a bad thing. Hahaha. It was so yummy. And the place was all decorated for Christmas, which was nice~
On our way home, we popped by the SPAL Christmas tree thing. You go into the tree with a friend or lover and press your hand against the screen and then it takes a photo and adds goofy purikura things to random people. Mika and Melissa went first and they got a Masamune helmet thing. Kazue and I ended up with a Christmas cake! It was cute!
And then we all went home. It was a fun day! But, today wasn't so much fun. Work wasn't bad, but my voice has gone all wonky. I can't talk properly and I can't yell or whisper. If I talk for more than like 2 words I get all squeaky. So, at work I was pretty much just the moral support who wore a mask. I'm surprised my voice didn't desert me entirely, but I'm hoping it comes back tomorrow. Hahaha. Oh, I saw an Arashi billboard in the station on my way home. Yay~ And I won a Snow Miku plushie at the Game Station for 100yen. First try! Lucky!